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 September 18, 2019 - 8:00 AM EDT
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Commercial Vehicle Group Announces Acquisition of First Source Electronics

Strategic transaction expands the Company's capabilities and diversifies customers and end markets

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, Sept. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (the "Company" or "CVG") (NASDAQ: CVGI), today announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets and assumption of certain liabilities of First Source Electronics, LLC ("FSE"), a leading electronics systems integrator based in Elkridge, MD that serves a diverse range of market segments including industrials, transportation and military. FSE's trailing twelve month sales as of June 30, 2019 was approximately $46 million. The transaction is expected to be accretive to operating income and earnings per share in year one.

Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (PRNewsfoto/Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.)

"The proliferation of digitalization, connectivity and other power and data applications present meaningful growth opportunities for CVG," commented Patrick Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer. "FSE strengthens our competitive positioning to take advantage of these dynamic trends, complementing our high-complexity, low-to-medium volume electrical business. This strategic acquisition will be a strong contributor to our long-term growth, providing us with the opportunity to leverage our global footprint and maximize cross selling opportunities, while also creating an entry into the warehouse automation market. We are excited to welcome FSE to the CVG organization." 

FSE is a provider of electrical systems integration and manufacturing services, with specific areas of expertise in electro-mechanical assemblies, cable and wire harness assemblies, chassis integration, and cabinet, panel, and rack assemblies. Its customers are in highly demanding markets where reliability and peak performance are critical.

"FSE is a great fit with CVG, as we share common core values and are aligned on the long-term strategy for the Electrical Systems segment," said Kevin Popielarczyk, General Manager of FSE.  "FSE's customers are in highly demanding markets where reliability and peak performance are critical. Together with CVG, we will be better positioned to drive growth and continue to deliver value to our customers. We look forward to working together closely to drive further success."

Total cash consideration for the transaction of as much as $44.75 million, with $34 million due at closing and the balance due in twelve, eighteen, and thirty-six months, subject to meeting certain targets.  The transaction was funded with domestic cash on hand and $2 million availability under our revolving credit facility.

In addition, CVG today announced that it has amended its Third Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement, upsizing the revolving credit facility to $90 million from $65 million.

Tim Trenary, Chief Financial Officer, stated, "We are pleased to have successfully upsized the revolving credit facility.  This was made possible, in part, by higher sales and the Company's continued focus on efficient operations, including cost control.  The upsized revolving credit facility provides as much as $25 million additional liquidity to the Company."

A supplemental presentation can be accessed through the "Investors" section of Commercial Vehicle Group's web site at www.cvgrp.com.

About Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.
Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (through its subsidiaries) is a leading supplier of electrical wire harnesses, seating systems, and a full range of other cab related products for the global commercial vehicle markets, including the medium- and heavy-duty truck, medium-and heavy-construction vehicle, military, bus, agriculture, specialty transportation, mining, industrial equipment and off-road recreational markets. Information about the Company and its products is available on the internet at www.cvgrp.com.

About First Source Electronics, LLC
First Source Electronics, LLC is a leading manufacturer of control panels, electro-mechanical assemblies, and cable assemblies. FSE adheres to the most current processes and applications necessary for manufacturing and cycle time reduction to deliver high quality cost-competitive assemblies.  Information about FSE and its capabilities is available on the internet at www.fsellc.com.

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